I have now completed 500 miles of a mixture of light trails and road use.
Overall, I really like this bike, I look forward to riding it and it makes me smile.
Here are a few pro's and con's (Ivy, feel free to chip in any time
1. Crank nut lost on first ride. Solved by ordering this:
https://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B019J4 ... UTF8&psc=1
These don't undo themselves and haven't had a problem since.
2. My display is not waterproof and let's in moisture. The first time I washed it (carefully) I didn't notice until the next time I rode in the sun and it fogged up to almost unreadable. I did report the damage to Frey, but they have done nothing to remedy the fault. It's possible they forgot about me, but the fault remains.
3. The decals started to peel off the first time I washed the bike.
4. This is probably my biggest gripe, but I think it could be addressed with some clever software adjustment. When I stop peddling, the power continues for around a second and a half, which when you need the assistance to stop, seems like a lifetime, and it has put me in real danger several times. Apart from the danger aspect, when you release power to change to a higher gear, that gear slams into place because the motor is still working. In higher power modes it's pretty obvious it's not doing the transmission any good at all.
As a temporary work around, I have got used to touching the brakes (which cuts the power immediately) just before I change gear.
If anyone has worked out how to make the motor cut out quicker, please do tell
5. Throttle Range of Movement: Nothing for the first half.
6. I wanted to change the seat post for a dropper, only to find the AM1000 has an unusual diameter. I think this may have been addressed on the newer bikes, but that doesn't help me
Don't get me wrong, I Love this bike, and none of the above problems are unsurmountable by FREY.
1. The AM1000 gets A LOT of attention out and about. This is good, but bad as well because of the bike is illegal to use on public highways in Spain, so prefer to stay under the radar..... But it just looks so badass lol.
2. The power when climbing in a low gear just blows me away, every time. For me this is the biggest smile factor. I never get used to it
3. The Throttle is great for when I come across something a little too technical for me (doesn't take much), I know I don't have to worry about pedalling.
4. It's fast and practical: I can happily cruise along at 30mph on level 5 (sport mode), which means with the rack and panniers attached I go to our nearest shopping mall, 15 miles away pretty much as fast as I can in the car.
5. This one was unexpected, but I get more exercise on this than I do on my regular mountain bike. I think it has something to do with effort and reward. On this bike you put the effort in and you are rewarded by speed and a super powerful feeling...which makes you push even harder. Whereas, on my non assisted MTB, I would put in huge effort and not really reap the reward that I felt was justified by that amount of effort. Anyway, needless to say, my average heart rate on my rides is around 177bpm. Pretty high considering I'm 54yrs old and on a "cheating" bike.
Hope this has helped anyone thinking about buying a Frey AM1000.